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Top 20 Things To Do In San Francisco

San Francisco has so much to offer. From cool unique museums like the SFMOMA and the DeYoung, to historical landmarks like the Cable Cars to awesome food and drink choices like clam chowder or a cappuccino or visit one or all of the many famous landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.

There’s so much to do here in San Francisco and if you’re visiting San Francisco for the first time then this Top 20 list of things to do in San Francisco will be very handy to you. Just print it out and take with you and when you are in your hotel just ask your concierge to tell you where each one is located and you can plan it out. They even will give you a nice handy map of the city and perhaps even plot it all out on the map so it will be very easy to get to each place.

1 – Museum Of Modern Art in Soma
2 – Chinese Fortune Cookie Factory in Chinatown
3 – DeYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park
4 – Carnelian Room for cocktails in Financial District for some of the BEST views of the city
5 – Cappuccino at Cafe Trieste in North Beach
6 – Cable Car Museum in Nob Hill
7 – Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
8 – Ride a Cable Car
9 – Belden Place
10 – Ride the F Line Street Car To Fisherman’s Wharf/Pier 39
11 – Ride or Walk Down Lombard Street
12 – Enjoy The Farmers Market At The Ferry Building
13 – Have Clam Chowder at Fisherman’s Wharf
14 – Take The Ferry To Alcatraz
15 – Ferry Ride To Tiburon/Suasalito
16 – Take A Relaxing Tour Of The Japanese Tea Gardens
17 – View the Painted Ladies from Alamo Square
18 – Take a stroll at the Palace of Fine Arts grounds
19 – Enjoy a classic film at the Castro Theatre
20 – Catch a view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay + Skyline from Marin Headlands

So if you are a local most likely you know this list of Top 20 Things To Do In San Francisco but if you don’t then it’s worth it for you to discover these as places and things to do as well. You never know when you are going to have a visitor come and you’ll need to impress them with some cool things they can’t get at home.

Go there and take a camera with you I’m sure you will enjoy all of these places. Here’s a handful of photos that I’ve shot that should demonstrate the list of things to do somewhat.

Please visit my San Francisco Top Ten Lists as well … I’m sure there is something that interests you there. Like for a Top Ten Happy Hours places list or Top Ten Films Set In San Francisco list. You’ll love the lists for sure.

Free Bike The Golden Gate Podcast – Download Here!

If you have missed the link to our Bike The Golden Gate Podcast you can get it here below. Download and listen and plot out your Bike The Golden Gate adventure. This is fun for visitors and locals. You can certainly stretch it out to a whole day but remember to not miss the ferry boat back from Suasalito or do it in half a day where it’s more about the exercise and the workout of the bike ride – your call. The fun part is that you get to ride a bike across the Golden Gate Bridge. How many people can say that they have done that?

Riding across the Golden Gate Bridge is such an exhilarating experience that I think everyone should do it.

Along the way you will see all the historic street cars that run here in San Francisco, you can stop at the Ferry Building, Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, Musee Mecanique, Ghiradelli Square, Aquatic Park, Fort Mason, Crissy Field, St. Francis Yacht Club, the Wave Organ, the Presidio, Palace Of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point, Marin Headlands and on down to Suasalito. Ferry back to San Francisco and along the way you’ll see Alcatraz, Angel Island.

These are very popular spots so bring your camera along with you and enjoy the ride.

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Top Ten Views In San Francisco

San Francisco is a very beautiful city. There’s so much to see in San Francsico and to be treated to a wonderful view is such a bonus. The below list is my ultimate favorite list of the top ten views in San Francisco. These places are some of the spots to see the best views of the city. These views are all spread out throughout the city but most of the places are very easily accessed.

This list of the Top Ten Views In San Francisco is perfect for any visitor wanting to capture some great shots of the best views in San Francisco. Go visit and take a bunch of shots.

The Carnelian Room is right in the middle of the Financial District. The view is awesome and depending on where you are sitting you will get shots of huge skyscrapers all around you while sipping a martini. The tallest building or almost the tallest in the city it could have changed already with all the buildings going up these days. The Top Of The Mark is right up on Nob Hill so you’ll be really up high the hill with views down to Market Street or the other side with views to the bay. Twin Peaks is up Market Street way up the hill right next to Sutro Tower. Here at Twin Peaks you will have the best view of the entire city of San Francisco. This is a very popular spot and free to visit. You will need a car to get here though. If you have the car with you you might as well go to Treasure Island and catch the view onlooking to the city. It’s an awesome view especially when it’s perfectly clear. I would make sure to go there later afternoon so you can get a more dramatic lighting effect. Treasure Island is the best view of the San Francisco skyline.

The 39th Floor At The Marriott Hotel also has a nice view because you get a very perfect view of the Bay Bridge surrounded by the giant skyscrapers. It’s nice and the cocktails are nice too. Although the prices are a bit high sometimes you just have to do it for an awesome view. On the Golden Gate Bridge there are many different views to be captured looking at the city. They are a bit too far but still cool

Off the Coit Tower the views are pretty nice too. The remainder of the list of views are definitely worth exploring as well. So make sure you have enough time to go to see everyone of these places

1. Carnelian Room at 555 California Street
2. Top Of The Mark 999 California Street
3. Twin Peaks 501 Twin Peaks Blvd.
4. Treasure Island Overlooking San Francisco Skyline
5. 39th Floor At The Marriott Hotel
If you want to book a hotel and stay at the Marriott book it through SanFranciscoHotels.net
6. Off The Golden Gate Bridge Overlooking The Bay And San Francisco Skyline
7. Coit Tower At 1 Telegraph Hill Blvd.
8. Lyon Street Steps At Green Street
9. Grandviews Lounge at Hyatt Grand Hotel 345 Stockton Street
10. DeYoung Museum Tower Views At 75 Tea Garden Dr

For more Top Ten San Francisco Lists click the link below.

Top Ten San Francisco Lists

Bike The San Francisco Bay Podcast – Free

Hey everyone here’s our first ever FREE podcast on San Francisco Photos (SFPhotorama.com) site. It’s called Bike The Bay in half a day.

Download it here for free. Link below. We will have more podcasts in the coming weeks so stay tuned. If you’d like to be kept up to date please register to receive our newsletters and every time we have a podcast we’ll send a reminder to everyone.

Basically this podcast will have you see a lot of the San Francisco sites and popular tourist attractions on a bike. So bring your camera and take lots of pictures. You can do it fast or slow. It’s all up to you.

Along the way you will see street cars, the Ferry Building, Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, Musee Mecanique, Ghiradelli Square, Aquatic Park, Fort Mason, Crissy Field, St. Francis Yacht Club, the Wave Organ, the Presidio, Palace Of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point, Marin Headlands and on down to Suasalito. Ferry back to San Francisco and along the way you’ll see Alcatraz, Angel Island.

It’s fun and I’ve done it 8 times so go out and do it and let me know what you think.

Bike The Bay Podcast – Download For FREE

Remember it’s 25 megabytes so it might take a little time to download. Also you can right click the link to the podcast above and it will download right to your desktop or just click on it and it will load in your web window.

Top 10 Things To Do In San Francisco Part 2

Well my first Top Ten Things To Do In San Francisco list was a success (I think) and I had several comments and suggestions from folks to include others so I decided to put together a part 2. In the future I’ll have several more of these Top Ten Lists as well so keep coming back to SFPhotorama for more!

The items on this list and the last one (Top Ten Things To Do In San Francisco) are some of the things I enjoy doing in San Francisco and I recommend it to others as well. When friends and relatives visit San Francisco and ask for recommendations these are some of the places I recommend. Everyone visiting San Francisco should know about this.

Ride or Walk Down Lombard Street
Enjoy The Farmers Market At The Ferry Building
Have A Clam Chowder at Fisherman’s Wharf
Take The Ferry To Alcatraz
Ferry Ride To Tiburon/Suasalito
Take A Relaxing Tour Of The Japanese Tea Gardens
View the Painted Ladies from Alamo Square
Take a stroll at the Palace of Fine Arts grounds
Enjoy a classic film at the Castro Theatre
Catch a view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay + Skyline from Marin Headlands